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Redacted Mar-a-Lago search affidavit to be released by noon Friday

By Curt_Anderson
August 25, 2022 2:29 pm
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(WaPo)Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart apparently agreed with [the DOJ's] proposed redactions and, in response to requests from multiple news organizations, ordered the affidavit to be made available for public view.

“I find that the Government has met its burden of showing a compelling reason/good cause to seal portions of the Affidavit because disclosure would reveal (1) the identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents, and uncharged parties, (2) the investigation’s strategy, direction, scope, sources, and methods, and (3) grand jury information protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure,” Reinhart wrote in his order.

Besides the news media, last week Trump-supporting Republicans demanded that the Mar-a-Lago search affidavit be released. Somehow I suspect that whatever is revealed won't be good for Trump.

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  1. by islander on August 25, 2022 2:42 pm

    I don't think any of it had to be released, it normally isn't during an investigation until after charges have been filed (and for good reasons) but I do admit to being a little curious about what we're going to see inb it, and I too don't think it will benefit Trump.

  2. by Curt_Anderson on August 25, 2022 4:47 pm
    The DOJ didn't want to release the affidavit. It was Team Trump, including members of Congress, that was clamoring for its release. This may turn out to be a good example of be careful what you wish for.

  3. by Donna on August 25, 2022 6:22 pm
    I think it's going to be so redacted that it won't reveal anything.

  4. by oldedude on August 25, 2022 7:09 pm
    I find that interesting that you, believe like me, the DOJ/ FBI will attempt to cheat a citizen of their due process rights. I honestly don't have a doubt of it.

    There are going to be components that would be impossible NOT to release. The crime they were trying to prove,* they "should" list predicate acts to prove the crime exists, what they expected to find, and the location of those items. If they don't have at least those, it'll get kicked back and either the judge will redact, or DOJ will have another quick go at it. Here, different than most cases is the conflict regarding the intensity of public interest. That is part of the weight of what happens. My guess is their CI's/ CS's will remain confidential. We'll see how much more.

    *This case is really curious for me. All the cases we put warrants on, we already had the case done. All we needed to do was to affect the warrant and the primary charges were in hand. We had dope charges, money exchanges & how they laundered it, usually gun charges, sometimes human trafficking. Our CI/CS wasn't even in the area and didn't know we were serving the warrant.

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